DMV Opens Bigger Energy Efficient Office Grand Opening Celebration In South Sacramento

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: Mike Marando, Steve Haskins, Armando Botello, Mike Miller
August 23, 2006




Sacramento—As temperatures during one of the hottest California summers on record lead to calls for energy conservation, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) officially dedicated its new, larger, energy-efficient office serving south Sacramento today with special ceremonies and an open house to show off the new facility.

DMV Director George Valverde, who led the ceremony for the office’s 33 employees, said the grand opening is a very special occasion for the department.  “The south Sacramento office is one of the busiest of its size in the state and is designed to use less energy than a traditional office, which will save money on heating and cooling bills.”

Designed to maximize energy conservation efforts, the new, 13,578-square-foot 7775 La Mancha Way field office will serve as a regional hub to South Sacramento’s growing population, replacing its older, smaller predecessor previously located near Florin Mall.

“DMV was given the opportunity to construct this new, centrally located facility when we outgrew our last office after 24 years in the same location,” said Valverde.  “The new building nearly doubles the amount of space we had before, and will give us a lot of room to grow along with the area.  We’re looking forward to serving this community for generations to come.

The facility will use more natural and less artificial light, thereby lowering electricity costs.  Under-floor air distribution will reduce the amount of energy required to run air conditioning and heating units and large ceiling fans will make for a more evenly distributed, comfortable temperature inside the building.  And large awnings constructed over the southern and western sides of the building will increase shading and help keep the inside temperature low.

Built with the customers in mind, the front doors lead right to the check-in window.  The facility also incorporates the automated DMV-Q line-management system, which allows customers to sit comfortably before they’re directed to the appropriate window for service.

The Department has stepped-up its service on a number of fronts. Director Valverde noted that the DMV has registered more than 4 million vehicles and re-licensed 800,000 drivers on its Web site (www.dmv.ca.gov) since 2004. Field office wait times have been reduced from nearly an hour to 21 minutes since the inception of Web-based transactions two years ago. Today, customers can schedule online office appointments for everything from renewing driver’s licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations to written and drive tests.

After-hours security for the new building will be enhanced with wrought-iron perimeter fencing that includes a rolling entrance gate.  Raised walkways, parking lot islands and concrete planters will help protect pedestrians as they separate foot traffic and vehicle traffic.

After the dedication ceremony at 8:00 a.m., refreshments will be served until 9:00 a.m., when the facility will be opened for business.

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